1. Search for Affordable Housing
Especially in urban areas, the waiting list for affordable housing can be a year or more.
During that time, poor families either have to make do with substandard or dangerous housing, depend on the hospitality of relatives, or go homeless. (Source: New York Times)
2. Try to Make $133 Worth of Food Last a Whole Month
That’s how much the average food stamp recipient gets each month.
Imagine trying to eat well on $4.38 per day.
It’s not easy, which is why many impoverished families resort to #3. (Source: Kaiser Family Foundation)
3. Subsist on Poor Quality Food
Not because they want to, but because they can’t afford high-quality, nutritious food.
They’re trapped in a food system that subsidizes processed foods, making them artificially cheaper than natural food sources.
So the poor are forced to eat bad food — if they’re lucky, that is. (Sources: Washington Post; Journal of Nutrition, March 2008)
vadess40’s Comments: Articles like this show things are never as clear cut as one would like to think. That’s why it is best to show compassion, instead of judgement, to those who have less than me. Who am I to judge? I could always be in a worse situation then I’m in.